If Luke Sullivan, a 14-year-old boy from Ontario, gets his way, trips on an airplane could be a lot less nuts.
Sullivan, who has a severe allergy to peanuts and other nuts, is petitioning to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to remove all forms of nuts from planes, as to alleviate the worry of a reaction to occur mid-flight. To Sullivan, this is a risk that is taken too lightly by airplanes.
Sullivan was five years old when he had his first life-threatening reaction to peanuts.
Sullivan’s mother recalled how it was a scary situation as a parent. “He kept saying, ‘Mom, I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe’. It’s something no Mom should ever see, because it’s something you’ll never forget.”
Luke took his first trip on airplane, and with it came many precautions. This included bringing along 13 auto-injectors filled with the life-saving drug epinephrine, warning the passengers around him of the allergy, as well as sanitizing the entire area around his seat. The Sullivan’s were not willing to take the risk of Luke coming in contact with peanuts or nuts of any sort.
Luke has started a petition, hoping to change the regulations around nuts on planes, and aptly said, “You can last a few hours without your peanuts and stuff … I’d just like to reduce the risk.”
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